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Future Ford Bronco Hybrid Confirmed

Ford Bronco Hybrid | Glendale, AZMichael Martinez of Automotive News tweeted a thread of updates from the annual Ford shareholder meeting, stating in one tweet that the CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett, “confirms the upcoming Bronco SUV will come in a hybrid variant as Ford focuses on electrifying its lineup.”

The tweet sparked a lot of interest in the automotive community, especially with how little is still known about the Bronco, which is set to debut in 2020 as part of the 2021 model year. Barely any spy shots have circulated so far, and while we know that the 2021 Bronco’s styling will be boxy and retro to echo the original, we don’t know much else.

According to MotorTrend, Ford will invest $11 billion in expanding its hybrid and electric lineup over the next several years, so it’s not a big surprise that the Bronco will be part of that push for greener cars and SUVs.

Details haven’t been released on what the Bronco’s engine options will look like, but industry journalists assume it will have the same four-cylinder turbo and V6 options as other Ford SUVs, and now a hybridized option. The Ford Bronco hybrid powertrain may be the same or similar to the 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-style hybrid engine found on the 2020 Ford Escape.

For more information on the upcoming Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Hybrid, watch this space. When they hit the streets, you’ll be able to find them right here at the Sanderson Ford showroom.

Ford Delivery Robot Digit Connects to Self-Driving Cars to Stay Lightweight

Ford Delivery Robot | Glendale, AZIn partnership with Agility Robotics, Ford has developed a robot named Digit that will make a huge difference deliveries from online retailers. The highly flexible and sturdy design of the Ford delivery robot, combined with a cloud connection to in-vehicle computers, make it perfect for delivering packages.

Digit is designed to be able to lift packages up to 40 pounds, walk over different kinds of terrain and up stairs the same way humans do, sense obstacles and avoid them, and maintain its balanced when bumped or pushed. Digit stays folded up in the self-driving vehicle so as much space as possible can be used for packages, then unfolds to carry your package to your front door.

The other key to making Digit such an efficient robot for making deliveries was keeping it lightweight while still equipping it with access to the information it needs, like navigation and delivery information. If Digit processed all this information internally, it would need to be much bigger and bulkier.

That’s why Ford and Agility Robotics decided to have Digit retrieve that information from the self-driving vehicle it’s paired with. Digit has LiDAR and stereo cameras to help it navigate terrain, but everything else is shared with it from the delivery vehicle.

Whatever the future brings with Ford, Sanderson Ford will be there every step of the way. Visit our showroom and see why the Blue Oval is the best brand in automotive today.

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package Shows Off Dark Side

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

 

If you’re looking to make your Ford Ranger look even more aggressive, never fear — the Black Appearance Package is here. The Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package gives Ford truck drivers the opportunity to change up their truck’s look, helping the drivers match their unique style.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of Ranger pickup trucks are leaving the dealership with the truckmaker’s current appearance packages — the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package — added to their looks. The Black Appearance package just gives the consumers another option.

 

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best first their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

 

With this package, you can opt for any Ranger body color. The package creates an intimidating look with the following standard features:

 

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black mirrors,
  • High-gloss, black-painted, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate
  • Black lower valance

 

This option is available for $1,995 (excluding tax) and can be ordered at Sanderson Ford now.

Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology

Ford debuted its first modern autonomous prototype three years ago but, despite the time lapse, the design hasn’t changed much. Looks don’t say much when it comes to autonomous technology, though. The American automaker is still shooting to produce autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing services by 2021.

The Detroit-based automaker plans to launch a new set of autonomous prototypes to increase its current fleet from 30 to 90 cars. All models will be based on the Ford Fusion hybrid.

Considering that Ford has largely invested in the autonomous midsize sedan, it wouldn’t be surprising for the next-generation Ford Fusion to be the first model to debut with the advanced technology.

The automaker invested around $75 million into Velodyne and continues to use the Lidar sensors. The sensors are near the A-pillars above the side mirrors. From those spots, the sensors provide a full 360-degree view.

What can easily be mistaken for roof racks carrying skis are actually three cameras that look forward, sideways, and backwards. Those cameras come in addition to the camera behind the windshield that watches for traffic signals and pedestrians. Radar sensors of varying ranges will help keep the vehicle on track in all weather conditions.

We here at Sanderson Ford can’t wait to see what developments continue to come out of the new prototypes!

Next-Generation Ford Fusion

2015 Ford Mustang Specs Released

2015 Ford Mustang

The much awaited specs for the 2015 Ford Mustang have just been released and will not disappoint! The Mustang has been an iconic pony car for decades and has a strong following with many admirers, so it is crucial that is comes out on the top of its game.

With a 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood, this pony car will get as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Other engine options include the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost, and the 3.7-liter V6.

Ford has done a drastic redesign on the 2015 model which will have a new suspension that features an independent rear setup, heavier brakes, and an upgraded infotainment center. Who doesn’t love a good infotainment center?

Many of the performance figures that have been revealed were better than Ford had originally projected. Ford’s Special Vehicles Team is still at work so keep check for more 2015 Ford Mustang updates.

How Would You React to a Talking Car?

talking car

If you just strolling down the streets of Australia and a randomly parked car started talking to you, how would you react?  Would you ignore it?  Take it in stride?  Think you had lost your mind?  Well if you are anything like these Aussies, it appears you would think a talking car is pretty much the norm.

So not only does this car start speaking to you, but it asks you to get in, call a celebrity, and tell them a joke.  Quite a bold suggestion from a talking vehicle, don’t you think?  But these Aussies excitedly accepted the challenge and appear to be pretty game to step into the talking car.

As you will learn in the video below, this Ford EcoSport compact crossover doesn’t exactly have its own voice and personality, and is instead being voiced by comedian and impressionist, Anil Desai.

We think it would be kind of cool to have a talking car, maybe something even more advanced than Apple’s Siri.  What do you think it would be like to own a vehicle that had its own personality?  At Sanderson Ford, we understand that you probably already feel that your Ford is part of the family, but this could make it feel like your very own.

Ford Developing Fully-Automated Parking Technology

1964 Ford GT40

Fully-Automated Parking TechnologyFord Motor Company has recently revealed details on a new technology that will change the way we park forever. The new fully-automated parking technology could potentially allow drivers to park their Ford with the push of a button!

“Parking in today’s cities can be stressful and difficult,” explains vice president of Product Development at Ford of Europe, Barb Samardzich. “We want to make it as easy, efficient and accurate as possible – and that means exploring new concepts and approaches.”

Fully Assisted Parking Aid, while currently only developed as a prototype, controls vehicle steering, gear selection, forward and reverse motion. Ultrasonic sensors used in the system would be able to detect a suitable parking space. Once in neutral, the Full Assisted Parking Aid system takes control and parks with ease.

Can you image? Not having to worry about parking too close from the line, too far from the curb, plus not ever thinking about parallel parking again? Watch the video below to see Fully Assisted Parking Aid in action and keep in touch with Sanderson Ford for the latest details.

Ford Reveals 2013 Fusion and Makes Big Announcement in Detroit

Ford made a big splash at the North American International Auto Show this week with the official debut of the 2013 Ford Fusion. The automaker also announced plans for a plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi a few months after the Fusion arrives in showrooms.

2013 Ford Fusion

The 2013 Fusion joins many other sedans in offering a 4-cylinder engine only. Other updates to the sedan include new styling that resembles a four door coupe more than a standard sedan and a multitude of standard and optional features. These features include the latest version of SYNC with MyFord Touch, BLIS, SOS post-crash alert, and an optional lane-keeping aid.  A hybrid model of the Fusion will also be available, with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

While news of a redesigned Fusion has been floating around for months, the announcement of the Fusion Energi took everyone by surprise.  According to Ford, this PHEV will receive an EPA fuel mileage estimate over 100 MPGe. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will go on sale about five months after the Fusion’s release in late summer or early fall of this year.

2013 Cobra Jet Mustang

Ever since it was introduced at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford’s Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph. That legacy was renewed in 2008 when Ford Racing offered a limited run of the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang that quickly sold out. Subsequent 2010 and 2012 model year offerings of the Cobra Jet have proved just as popular.

The 21st century CJ has carved its own legacy at drag strips across the country, becoming the winningest late model in NHRA with national event wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and numerous class records this season alone.

 

On Friday Dec. 2, Ford Racing unveiled the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Fla.

With more than three seasons of testing, racing and customer feedback, the 2013 Cobra Jet marks the continued evolution of the factory-produced turnkey race car. Designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, the 2013 model is better than ever and features the latest drag racing technology for greater speed and consistency.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do,” said George Goddu of Ford Racing Performance Group. “We’re really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception.”

The 2013 Cobra Jet offers two 5.0-liter Ti-VCT engine options. Customers may choose a naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high-lift cams and low-drag accessory drive, or a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharged version with CNC port-matched manifold and heads, and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high-rpm use without belt slip.

“The 5.0-liter has all the attributes to make a world-class drag racing engine and is ideal for the Cobra Jet,” said Goddu. “Both the naturally aspirated and supercharged engines will be competitive as delivered.”

Additionally, the 2013 Cobra Jet chassis has been improved. Lightweight body modifications give better weight distribution and electricpower steering provides better driveability without parasitic horsepower loss. A new roll cage design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity while the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power. And the rear suspension geometry delivers faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

The 2013 Cobra Jet is priced to be the best value, with an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated engine option and $93,000 with the supercharged engine. Additional options and pricing will be announced in January 2012.

Like many of Ford Racing’s previous turnkey race cars, the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang will be built at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Production of Cobra Jets will commence in June 2012, with delivery of all vehicles expected midsummer 2012.

Cobra Jet components will be available through Ford Performance Parts, allowing racers to upgrade their Mustangs to Cobra Jet specifications.

2013 Cobra Jet production is limited to only 50 units and orders placed through Ford dealers will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. (Part number M-FR500-CJ.)

Finally, all Cobra Jet fans can help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black – by voting online at www.fordracing.com. Voting ends Dec. 31, 2011.

MyFord Touch Upgrade Coming Soon

Ford customers said MyFord Touch could be faster and feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that’s exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus.

Available early next year – and offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners – the software upgrade enhances the ownership experience as it was developed by listening and responding to customer feedback.

 “SYNC has clearly been a game-changing technology and now we’re changing the game again, showing how quickly we can deliver more of what customers really want,” said Graydon Reitz, director, Ford Global Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Our strategy to create the SYNC software platform and add the customizable screens of MyFord Touch gives us a level of flexibility and speed to respond to customer input like never before seen in the auto industry.”

 The new touch-screen interface features simpler graphics and controls that are easier to use. Customers will also experience significantly faster touch-screen response times, one of the top requests from owners.

 New features include support for tablet devices and Audible.com audiobooks, improved navigation maps and enhanced voice recognition interaction.

 For a video demonstration of the improvements, please visit: http://youtu.be/c3k4iDZyhYE

 Listening to customers

Since MyFord launched last fall, Ford has held four customer clinics in which hundreds of owners talked directly to Ford engineers about their experiences with the new technology. Owner feedback was clear and consistent, revealing that MyFord Touch was a key purchase reason.

 A survey of 2011 Ford Edge owners shows that four of the top seven purchase reasons were elements of the MyFord Touch system: the touch screen, steering wheel controls, voice recognition and dashboard styling.  While owners reported that they love the system, there were distinct areas where they wanted improvements. Earlier this year, Ford started delivering on their requests, beginning with more instructions and information on how to best utilize the capabilities of the system.

Ford launched two programs modeled after what consumers experience when purchasing a new electronic device. First, the company added a new MyFord Touch owner support website featuring how-to videos at www.syncmyride.com. Second, free “SYNC My Ride” personalized training sessions for new owners are now offered through Ford dealers – scheduled at customers’ convenience.

 “The keys to continuous improvement are simple: Listen, learn and respond. That’s how we’re going to keep our customers happy,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, SYNC Platform Development. “Evolving the software with meaningful enhanced features was part of our plan from the very beginning. It’s no different than the experience with our smartphones and laptop computers – except now, it’s your car that gets better.”

 Upgrade your ride

All of the new improvements will be offered to existing owners of MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles, including the 2011 and 2012 models of Ford Explorer and Edge and the 2012 Focus.  

“We’re seizing the opportunity to continuously improve the Ford ownership experience, and revolutionize what it means to own a car,” said Reitz. “Introducing new technology is only one step in our journey to become known as a technology company. Consistently improving it based on what our customers are telling us marks another milestone in that journey.”

 Early next year, owners located in the U.S. will be mailed a USB flash drive with the software upgrade for installation that they can do at their own convenience. If they prefer, owners may also visit their local Ford dealer for the software installation. The upgrade mailing will include instructions informing owners how to simply plug the USB flash drive into the MyFord Touch Media Hub’s USB port in order for installation to automatically begin.

 New look

The visual enhancements to MyFord Touch are based on simplifying the graphics with larger, bolder fonts, removing low-priority visual content, and designing screens based on a consistent pattern. More than 1,000 screens in total have been updated with the improved look.

 “Our goal when designing the upgrade was to simplify the screens and give customers a fast and easy way to get information at any given moment,” said Jennifer Brace, User Interface Design engineer for Ford. “That meant removing buttons, relocating high-use controls closer to the driver’s reach, simplifying tasks and improving font size.”  The new fonts are as much as 40 percent larger on some redesigned screens. The fonts also are wider and bolder to provide easier legibility, particularly among the rapidly increasing number of drivers age 60 and older.

 New features

Ford also took the opportunity to update the performance of the system and add new features for customers to help them keep pace with the fast-moving consumer electronics market.

Faster touch-screen response time, for example, was a key request from owners. Initial testing shows that touch and voice response is at least two times faster than the current system.

 Also, the software upgrade includes the following enhancements:

  •  Improved voice recognition experience
  • Quicker voice recognition and faster command prompt when the voice button is pushed
  • Voice commands used in conjunction with navigation are simplified through elimination of the need to provide street direction, e.g., “Main Street” instead of “North Main Street”
  • Music requests are simpler by removing the need to include the additional song, album or artist information
  • Customers can find their favorite sports team in action via new Sirius Game Finder simply by saying a command such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game”
  • Tablet device compatibility
  • Music and other media content from most popular tablet computers like the Apple iPad can now be accessed through a simple USB connection
  • Audible.com audiobook support
  • Listen to Audible.com content using voice commands or the easy-to-use touch-screen controls
  • Connected navigation powered by TeleNav features new map data by NAVTEQ
  • Updated map views are richer and feature more 3D landmarks
  • Views of freeway junctions and signs are enhanced through photorealistic screen images
  • Smart routing options are provided based onhistorical traffic patterns
  • Phone compatibility
  • Automatic Bluetooth connection upon vehicle entry has been improved
  • Noise and echo cancellation during phone calls has been improved
  • Gracenote® album cover art database
  • Inclusion of the latest music metadata available enhancing the music playback experience
  • Improved voice recognition for music search allowing drivers to pinpoint artists with hard-to-pronounce names or nicknames
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